Leeds’ Levi sues Ken Bates again

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A FOR­MER Leeds United di­rec­tor is seek­ing dam­ages from the club’s cur­rent chair­man, Ken Bates, over al­leged ha­rass­ment. Melvyn Levi claims the businessman, the club and a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion pur­sued a cam­paign against him and his wife, Ca­role.

Part of the claim — be­ing heard at Leeds County Court — rests on com­ments made by Mr Bates in the club’s match­day pro­gramme. One ar­ti­cle last Jan­uary spec­u­lated on the state of the Le­vis’ mar­riage.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Mr Bates ad­mit­ted the men were in an on­go­ing dis­pute, but de­nied that he had used his col­umn in the pro­gramme to con­tinue the al­leged cam­paign.

He de­nied his ac­tions had made the Le­vis’ lives “a mis­ery”. The case was con­tin­u­ing as the JC went to press.

Mr Levi was part of a con­sor­tium which ran the club be­fore Mr Bates took over in 2005. In July 2009 Mr Levi was awarded £50,000 in li­bel dam­ages af­ter Mr Bates de­scribed him as a “shys­ter” in his col­umn in the pro­gramme.

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